VA to launch hepatitis C info site

The Veterans Affairs Department, which has the largest screening, testing and care program for hepatitis C in the nation, will launch a Web site tomorrow to share information about the disease.

The site, at www.hepatitis.va.gov, is a collaboration between VA and the University of California at San Francisco's Center for HIV Information, which hosts many medical information sites.

With more than 200,000 patients diagnosed since 1996, VA cares for more hepatitis C patients than any other medical system in the United States. Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne infection in the nation, affecting 2 percent of the population.

"Hepatitis C is another reminder that veterans rely on VA to care for a wide variety of illnesses and battlefield injuries," said VA secretary Anthony Principi.

The new site has a section for veterans and nonmedical employees that includes general information and links to other Web sites. It also offers information for health care providers searchable by topic and includes best practices, guidelines and slides.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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